June 27, 2014 at 12:07 pm #320625
Season 2 premieres on Sunday, July 13 after Ray Donovan.
Annaleigh Ashford (Betty) has been upgraded to main cast.
Betsy Brandt, Keke Palmer, Christian Borle, Rene Auberjonois, Courtney Vance, and Sarah Silverman join the cast this season.
Season 2 Official Trailer:
Metacritic: 89/100 (17 reviews)June 27, 2014 at 12:16 pm #320627
I grew to love the show as it went on, so I hope they have a great second season.
I don’t watch trailers, so I’ll be lurking around the thread looking for vague optimism about it. I think I’m one of the only people still predicting it for drama series, actor, actress, etc. I have faith in you, MoS!June 27, 2014 at 1:45 pm #320628
That trailer seems to focus entirely on their steamy affair. I hope the season is more than just that.June 27, 2014 at 2:47 pm #320629
It definitely looks a lot soapier, but I’m way more excited now for the new season. I grew to really like the first season by the last few episodes so hopefully it has found its footing now.June 27, 2014 at 5:49 pm #320630
Peri Gilpin is going to guest star this season. Looking forward to this show, I really liked the first season.July 14, 2014 at 7:37 am #320631
I loved the premiere.
The decision to weave Virginia and Bill’s night into the episode paid off because it reminded us of their electric performances and amazing chemistry. As an audience, it is pivotal that we buy into their dysfunctional and destructive relationship. Caplan is so good in this role, particularly in the last scene.
Due to the amount of turnover in this episode, it kind of felt like a season finale — that it is only the beginning is an exciting thought. I will be sad to see Beau Bridges and Allison Janney go, but I felt like their arc was handled very well. What Masters does so well — and something like Mad Men sometimes struggles with — are the relationships between two female characters. Sure, it’s a man’s world, but Caplan and Nicholson are barging down the walls.
I did not stick around for the “this season on…” clip, so please mark any info in that with spoiler tags. As for the rest of the season, I hope the writers can maintain our interest in the central relationship, but also flesh out the ensemble.July 14, 2014 at 9:49 am #320632
This is a show that started out good in the beginning of its first season and got much stronger by the end, anchored by great performances from Sheen, Caplan, Bridges, Janney, and Nicholson. That said, I thought the second season premiere was their best episode yet. There was a lot happening here that dealt with repercussions from the finale, but didn’t feel like a premiere. Like Canadian Fan above me said, it felt like this was the season finale and I’m interested in nearly all fronts, storywise. Are Bridges and Janney not returning for any more episodes this season? They were great again tonight. McIver is definitely returning as we saw in the trailer, so there’s hope still! Even with them gone, there is a lot of promise here. Sheen was great in the scene with his mother and I’m waiting for FitzGerald to explode (and I hope she can handle the material although she has gotten better over the course of the show). Caplan is still outstanding, and her relationship with Nicholson’s character is one of my favorite pairings on TV right now. It seemed like we were saying goodbye to Yorke’s character tonight, anyone know if she’s leaving for sure? I know Nicholas D’Agosto isn’t coming back (even though How I Met Your Dad wasn’t picked up), but it’s a good place to leave off his story and the door definitely stays open.
Now as for the Virgina and Bill story…they did a great job of integrating the story of “the night” throughout the episode because it made you feel uneasy seeing Virginia’s side of the story vs. how Bill saw it. Their final conversation in the hotel was tense, not in an action/suspense type of way, but in that you didn’t know what was going to come out next. All in all, this has me extremely excited for this upcoming season. Annaleigh Ashford being back as a series regular makes me so happy, I loved her brief stint in season one. Even with Janney and Bridges gone, I think the show can bring it. Now that it’s on in the summer, we’ve got some quality TV and not something to hate watch (looking at you, Under the Dome). Very happy with this season premiere.July 14, 2014 at 5:03 pm #320633
That was a great episode and my favorite performance from Beau Bridges so far. Are they arc really over? Both him and Janney were fantastic on that scene in bed.July 14, 2014 at 6:07 pm #320634
I liked the premiere. The final scene between Bill and Virginia was great and acted well by Sheen and Caplan.
I hope it’s not the last we’ve seen of the assistant who wanted to become an actress. She was a fun supporting character, and was good comic relief for this show.
I enjoy the scenes with Caplan and Nicholson the most; they are great together. I assume Nicholson’s character will be dying this season, so hopefully she’ll have some good material to go out with. Julianne Nicholson is amazing in this role, and should have been nominated this year over the rubberstamped Rigg, Fonda and Martindale.July 14, 2014 at 6:44 pm #320635
If the new season is better recieved, watch this show explode at the emmys next year, and I mean best series, actor, actress, writing and/directing plus technicals. Even though the expected love was not there this year, mainly because of so much competition I think, they showed us that they are paying attention to the show and are willing to embrace it, as they nominated Lizzy Caplan in one of the toughest categories. Thats key here…July 14, 2014 at 7:15 pm #320636
I think the important thing for this show regarding the Emmy’s is to premiere either a week before the voting period, or during it.
It almost seemed like voters (and critics) forgot about the show. Despite doing really well on aggregate top ten lists at the end of 2013, it failed to receive any major TCA nods, which is shocking. I would wager that if it aired between January and April this year, it would have received a “best drama series” nom.
As it stands, the show’s second season will end on September 28th, nearly two and a half months before the end of the first season. They should try to slot their premiere for the third season in the middle of June.July 14, 2014 at 7:29 pm #320637
I have to echo what everyone else is saying here. It was a really strong season premiere. It didn’t get bogged down in getting ‘caught up’ with everything. The structure of the episode was inspired. If Beau Bridges goes guest again, he should have no trouble scoring a nomination again with this episode. Sheen and Caplan had some excellent scenes of their own.July 15, 2014 at 12:57 pm #320638
This premiere had more ‘Fireworks’ for lack of a better term, than any episode in season 1, imo. I love that they played with the structure and timeline of the episode a bit.
Bridges & Janney were both pitch perfect in their scenes (specifically the bedroom scene) making it clear that should they win this year, they are beyond deserving.
Sheen & Fitzgerald also gave 2 of their strongest performances in the series thus far…. making it all the more confusing that Sheen was snubbed.
It seems like this may be the last we see of Ann Dowd (for the time being anyway)….. She is EVERYWHERE these days but I really think her performance on ‘MoS’ is fantastic. I’m hoping she returns at some point.
I’ll also miss Helene Yorke. I assume she wasn’t available for most of the season due to her appearing in ‘Bullets Over Broadway’.
I must gripe about something…..
Firstly, obviously some time has passed(I can’t remember if they specified… but I’m guessing a month or two since last season ended, correct me if I’m wrong) but I just wish they’d gotten Caplan a short wig for the newly filmed scenes at her house (the “flashbacks”) just for continuity’s sake. Her hair is a few inches longer now. That was bugging me.
And I hope this arc of Virginia selling diet pills either turns into something substantial or goes away soon….. (although I loved seeing Artemis)July 19, 2014 at 11:56 am #320639
Solid season premiere. I know that I’m more interested in the scenes between Beau Bridges and Allison Janney more than I am of anything else here, so it’s unfortunate that the focus is now turning away from them (though Janney’s recent comments that more crossover work is possible in the future b/c of CBS/Showtime connection, and same for Bridges). They both did enough here to be nominated again next year, and I’ll root for them both to win Emmys for these roles next month, particularly Janney. I didn’t catch on to all the story threads going on, but I found myself much more convinced with Lizzy Caplan than I ever was last season. It’s too bad how much I don’t like Michael Sheen on here, and normally I like practically everything that he does. Also nice to check back in on Juliette Nicholson’s character. I like her presence in general and relationship with Caplan. The time structure play was jarring, but it worked for the most part. No more of character actress extraordinaire Ann Dowd? Well, you can see more of her in the exact same time slot in “The Leftovers” on HBO lol. Loved the last scene in the hotel lobby. Not sure how much more I’ll watch yet. It’s all so “Mad Men”-lite to me, but whatever.
Grade for “Parallax”: BJuly 21, 2014 at 11:51 am #320640
Amazing episode last night. I can see Nicholson will have meaty episodes in the future, as the cancer progresses. I just love De Paul’s relationship with Virginia, it’s one of the strongest aspects of the show for me. I loved how sympathetic Bill was in this one, too. The nymphomaniac story was nice.
Libby’s actions were a bit ? to me, being rude with the girl. And I’m happy to see that Janney and Bridges’ arc isn’t over yet.